Friday, 28 July 2017

Maryport harbour

My Daughter and I had a ride over to Maryport the other weekend, an enjoyable lunch was had at the harbour side cafe, but not a great deal in the way of wild life. the main thinking behind the trip was to give the dogs a good run about on the beach at Allenby.

A pair of very flighty Rock Pipits where found (Anthus petrosus)

This one was sprinting after some insect it had seen, at first we thought there might have been a nest close by , but the pair took off heading down the coast.

Down in the harbour there was some distant Shell duck and Oystercatchers, nearer was this stalking Heron.

The remains of an old pier at Maryport , now a home for nature.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Will it escape the predators

Luckily I wasn't at Leighton moss this morning where the following photos where taken, because here in Penrith it was like the monsoon season, extremely wet and warm with it, so my self and the Westies  got rather wet.  It was a good towelling down when we got back, then I did the Westies LOL.
   So pics from a resent trip to Leighton Moss, and another instance when the lens wasn't quite up to the job.

Possibly the male of the two Oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus) which were ----------------------

Guarding a chick , reasonably well camouflaged.

And it looks like it wants to be fed.
But oh dear mum walks away leaving the offspring rather expose to predators.
But a persistent youngster brings her back to finds it some tit-bits
Or maybe just a lesson in how to find your own.
Either way lets hope it survives the predators.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Distance is a problem

Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) quite a distance from the Eric Morecambe Hide Leighton Moss

A little bit more obliging , not a lot.

I know you didn't think I was a Spoon, so I had to prove it, I really have got a spoon shaped bill.
    I need a bigger lens !!


Sunday, 16 July 2017

Lancashire, and a few Gulls.

Black-headed Gulls nesting, and some chicks on show, at the Allen hide Leighton Moss

Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus) lets make some noise.

sitting tight on nest.

Lots more on another island.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

Giving the feathers a service.

A bit of yoga thrown in.

What big feet you have.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Lord's Island Derwenteater.

As my mate Les steered the launch past Lord's Island on Derwentwater He slowed the boat down slightly to see if there was anything to be seen. Now in a previous post visitors  may remember seeing photos of , and reading about the Barnacle geese that come to the Island to breed , which in itself is quite an unusual thing as normally they breed way up near the Arctic. Well a couple where showing again and realising it had been some time since we saw the last pair, we were expecting maybe some goslings.

As I have pointed out before we can't get any closer because the boat needs a certain depth of water, so I have to rely on my lens to help out. and can anyone see the gosling.

Now we can , amazingly blending in with the boulders.
Also on the Island a lone Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

And at the top end of the Lake a Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) on the lookout for anything edible.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Derwentwater shore, being stalked.

Continuing my walk around the Isthmus, one path brought me to the shore of the lake, and out of the trees I'm back in the full sun, very nice. Also at this point I'm enjoying a very nice and juicy Pear. Now then, you know that feeling when you know someone is watching you, or you think you are being followed, I know spooky , well you wouldn't expect to get that feeling in broad daylight and by the lake shore would you, I did, I just got that feeling, and the next thing a shadow passed over me, and I followed it as it floated silently across the shore in front of me, then suddenly disappearing to blend in with the shadows cast by the trees. At this point I had more or less finished my Pear, and in anticipation of something interesting going to happen, I threw the remains of the pear ahead of me, and in a split second the shadow reemerged onto the shore, and increased in size until shadow and shadow maker became one, and began to devour the remains of my pear.
    The culprit----------------

Carrion crow (Corvus corone)

It became so engrossed in enjoying the juiciness of the pear it didn't notice that the tables had turned, and now I was stalking it, allowing me to get closer.

It must have thought it was its birthday.

Part of the stringy stalk hanging out of its mouth.

Going down a treat.

There was no rushing or gulping down, it just seemed to be taking its time and savouring the moment.

Yum Yum.

As the last went down it looked at me as if to say that was good any more.

Later when I rejoined the Lads at the workshop and related to what I had just witnessed, they said , oh yes if we sit outside for lunch  a pair of Crows sit in the trees above us watching and waiting for any scraps. That then explained the stalking.
     Don't forget to click on photo to enlarge, hope you enjoyed.